FAN coordinates a statewide network of volunteer advocates and faith communities with the help of a small staff that manages programming and operations. Our staff team is made up of full-time and contract positions, part-time event support, and internships through faith-based and university programs. Learn more about our team below, and feel free to reach out to them to get involved!

Elise DeGooyer, Executive Director, has been with FAN since 2014 and believes interfaith collaboration for justice can transform our communities. She has deep experience in mission-driven work in human services and advocacy. A life-long resident of Washington State, she was born and raised in Yakima, completed undergraduate education in Spokane at Gonzaga University, and has made Seattle home since the 1980s. Her graduate studies at Maryknoll School of Theology focused on liberation theologies, and at Seattle University, on pastoral leadership. At Northwest Harvest she helped shape advocacy initiatives on hunger and poverty issues in collaboration with constituencies statewide. She is looking forward to working with the FAN staff, board and network as FAN moves into its next phase of development.

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Kristin Ang, Policy Engagement Director, is a Filipino-American who grew up in Pierce County, Washington. She is a community advocate, Port of Tacoma Commissioner and Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Member. She made history as the first person of color elected Port of Tacoma Commissioner, along with the historical endorsement of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. She is on the Port’s environmental, DEI, and tribal liaison committees. She is also on the executive board of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District. Kristin completed her business degree at the University of Puget Sound and law degree at Cornell Law School. She has been an advocate for sustainable development, civic engagement and human rights. For fun, Kristin plays piano and goes on culinary and historical travel adventures. She can be found at community events, festivals and concerts. She believes in the power of faith, hope and love. As policy engagement director, Kristin is excited to engage faith communities in fulfilling FAN’s mission of building a just, compassionate and sustainable world.

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Elizabeth Dickinson, Partnership Coordinator, is passionately committed to justice advocacy and community-building as central dimensions of our sacred being and calling. Currently, in addition to FAN, she works part-time with Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church as their social justice coordinator, and volunteer with University Congregational UCC to create opportunities to do justice. Before this position, she worked with young adult advocacy interns through the Justice Leadership Program. Her work is informed by a Christian seminary degree in global theologies. She is also deeply influenced by participating in Jewish services and practices with her family.

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Jess Ingman, North Central Washington Regional Organizer – Jess is excited to be joining FAN. With a background in pastoral ministry, Jess is energized by faith-based organizing and developing relationships at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is a member of the ELCA Lutheran Church and is grateful for her Jesuit formation. Jess loves fair-trade coffee, serving as a coordinator for Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice, and hiking near her home in East Wenatchee with her husband Mark and their two sons, Isaiah (4) and Jude (2). They live in the ancestral homelands of the P’Squosa/Wenatchi people.

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Rev. Eric Don Anderson, South Central Washington Regional Organizer. He lives in Yakima after moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 1999. Eric was ordained with standing as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) co-pastor while living in a multi-cultural urban community in Kansas City, Missouri. He learned community organizing and leadership skills with Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network) in 1994. He served as a pastor until 2014, and has also served as a chaplain with Heartlinks Hospice and a community coordinator for Yakima Rotary Food Bank. Eric and his wife of 38 years formally joined with the community of Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland in 2018. He currently also reads and meditates regularly with Zen Buddhists in his community of Yakima.

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Blake Alford – Operations Coordinator. Blake just moved this year to the Pacific Northwest from Indiana and has been passionately involved in justice work for the last 10 years. He has been a part of coalition work involving racial justice, educational equity, economic justice, food and housing insecurity. Blake says he feels called to be a bridge for connecting communities and faith groups to stand in solidarity for justice. He looks forward to encouraging these connections through the work of Faith Action Network.

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Dana Ahmed – Policy & Events Associate. Dana Ahmed is currently a student at the University of Washington in Seattle studying Law, Societies & Justice, and Arabic. She serves as U.W. Black Student Union President and is also involved in a Pre-Law fraternity on campus. When she’s not studying or partaking in school related activities she is usually at the gym or training her clients!

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Alexia Estrada – Latinx/e Community Outreach. Alexia Estrada is a community organizer, elder daughter and first generation Mexican-American. She grew up and resides in Pasco, Washington where she works alongside her Latinx community. Growing up, she had the privilege to witness her grandfather minister at a church that served migrant farmworkers. She is excited to share about FAN with Spanish speaking communities in WA. She brings experience from her work with refugee families, as well as from her time working as a counselor at a men’s homeless shelter. Alexia also studied Reconciliation studies, as well as Global and Urban Ministry at Seattle Pacific University.

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Jeff DeBray, Eastern WA Regional Organizer  – Residing in Spokane, Jeff joined Faith Action Network in October 2022. His role is to ensure FAN supports and builds its network in Eastern Washington. He is passionate about building the progressive movement in the region. In addition to FAN, Jeff works as a Partner Outreach and Data Specialist at Win|Win Network, an organization committed to advancing racial, social and economic equity in Washington through civic engagement. Jeff is committed to elevating marginalized voices and young, queer people in our voting system and imagines a future where every person is housed and has full enfranchisement. A Montana native, calling the Pacific Northwest home for 8 years, Jeff loves to hike, run, cook and mentor high school students in his spare time.

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